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Sunday, April 29, 2012

The roots of homophobia

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 8:11 AM

From op-ed today in New York Times on scientific research into homophobia and the periodic examples of campaigners against gay rights who turn up in same-sex encounters:

In this month’s issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, we and our fellow researchers provide empirical evidence that homophobia can result, at least in part, from the suppression of same-sex desire.

... It’s important to stress the obvious: Not all those who campaign against gay men and lesbians secretly feel same-sex attractions. But at least some who oppose homosexuality are likely to be individuals struggling against parts of themselves, having themselves been victims of oppression and lack of acceptance. The costs are great, not only for the targets of anti-gay efforts but also often for the perpetrators. We would do well to remember that all involved deserve our compassion.

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